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Sunday slant: Vikings forced to pick for need

The Vikings have to find a starting middle linebacker and that likely will have to come in the first round, whether it's the best player available or not. Despite claims to the contrary, picking for need isn't all that uncommon.

The great draft misconception, one that is promoted by numerous teams, is that teams always strive to select the "best player available." It's an idealistic approach, for sure, one that makes good copy and has personnel executives hoping that fans will believe that the "best player available" just happened to fit a need right when that team was ready to pick. Amazing how that happens so often...

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